Our class text is ‘Roman Diary the Journey of Iliona’. The story focuses on Iliona, a girl travelling from Greece to Egypt when her ship is boarded by pirates and she is taken to Rome — as a slave! Separated from her brother, Apollo, Iliona is soon at the whim of her owners, and the chance of regaining freedom seems like a distant dream. But unlike her brother’s plight, Iliona’s life as a slave isn’t as bad as she feared: her new family provides clothing, food, and even schooling, and best of all, she is free to explore the wonders of Rome.
During guided reading sessions we will focus on building vocabulary, retrieval skills, inference skills (the author’s intent; characters feelings and motivations) and predicting next steps in the story.
Writing sessions will include adventure stories, diary entries, biographies and news reports. We will be using a range of literary and grammatical features such as fronted adverbials, past/present/future tense, powerful adjectives, verbs and adverbs.